Generate a Key Pair Using GPG for Windows

To generate a key pair using GPG for Windows:

1. Download the GPG Installer for Windows.

2. Run the installer and make sure to tick GPA as one of the sub components to include.

3. Start the GPA program:

4. Click Generate Key Now when you see the below screen:
5. Enter your full name:
6. Enter your full email address:
7. A directory browser window will appear asking you to specify the location of the backup of your secret key. If may or may not look like the below image. You secret key is used to decrypt the sensitive information we send to you:
8. You will be asked to enter a pass phrase for your key and once you enter it, you will be asked to enter it once again to confirm on another dialog window. PLEASE NOTE: Keeping a secure copy of this password is essential. Any loss of this password will require the whole process to be repeated.
9. Once you have created your key and saved a backup, you should see the main screen. If the program crashes or something else happens, you can always start the GPA program again. Now take a look at the main screen of the GPA program, you should see you key listed there, similarly to the image below. In the Details pane at the bottom, please make sure:
  • The option "The key can be used for" contains "encryption".
  • The option "Expires at" is set to "Never expires".
  • The value for "Key type" is set to "rsa2048" (which stands for RSA 2048 bit).
If there is one or more wrong parameters, please delete the key (for example by using the icon Delete on the toolbar). Recreate it again using the proper parameters, from the top menu Keys -> New Key...
10. Export your public key to a file. Select the key from the list with a single left click of the mouse. Then right click and choose export.
11. Navigate to the directory where you want to save your backup key. Choose a name such as publickey.asc then click Save.
12. You will receive a message confirming where the key was exported. Click the Close button on this dialog:
13. Open the Windows File Explorer and navigate to the directory. You will find the public.asc file ready to be sent to us via Message Center ticket or email as per instructions on IBKB3842:

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